The invention includes polynucleotide constructs that contain a polynucleotide promoter sequence from the phosphoglycerate kinase 1 (pgk1) gene from Rhizopus oryzae. The invention also includes methods of expressing a polypeptide in a host cell using a polynucleotide construct containing a 3-phosphoglycerate kinase (pgk) gene promoter sequence operably linked to a polynucleotide encoding a polypeptide of interest. The invention also includes a system for producing a polypeptide. The system has a first polynucleotide sequence containing a 3-phosphoglycerate kinase gene promoter sequence isolated from a fungal species, and a second polynucleotide sequence which has been isolated from a second species and which encodes a polypeptide. A host cell contains the first polynucleotide sequence operably linked to the second polynucleotide sequence. The host cell is from a different species than the fungal species from which the first polynucleotide sequence is isolated.
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